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Message from President Drew Faust

October 22, 2012 Message to the Community from President Drew Faust:

Four years ago, 15,000 people gathered in Tercentenary Theatre to celebrate Harvard’s commitment to advancing solutions to the global challenges of environmental sustainability and climate change.  In addition to pursuing our innovative research and teaching in this area, it was critical that we look inward to expand our on-campus efforts to make Harvard a healthier, more efficient, and more sustainable place to work, learn, and live.

Today, the Office for Sustainability is releasing Harvard’s first University-wide Sustainability Impact Report.  This interactive online resource shows the progress we have made toward reducing our environmental footprint.  We have conserved resources, improved our building operations, invested in renewable energy, and reduced our greenhouse gas emissions.  These accomplishments support our research and teaching mission by lowering operational costs and increasing efficiency, efforts that we must continue to support and strengthen in the months and years to come.

Every member of the Harvard community has contributed to our success, and, as always, I am proud of the creativity and commitment I see at work on our campus every day.  As we mark the progress students, faculty, and staff in the Schools and administrative units have made, we recognize that there is much more to do in building a culture of sustainability on campus.

We must continue to work together across the University, taking advantage of the diversity of our experience and our expertise to develop new approaches and solutions that will make a positive difference at Harvard and in the wider world.  Thank you, again, for helping to ensure the well-being of the planet for our sake and for the sake of future generations.

President Faust's July 2008 Statement on the Report of the Harvard Greenhouse Gas Task Force

President Faust's October 2008 Speech at the Sustainability Celebration featuring Vice President Al Gore

Sustainability Quotes from Harvard Deans:

“The University’s efforts toward sustainability demonstrate both a commitment to tackling the enormous environmental challenges facing our world and help inspire scholars and students alike to seek out new and practical solutions that extend far beyond the walls of Harvard.”  -- Dean David T. Ellwood, Harvard Kennedy School

"SEAS is proud to be a partner in the University's efforts to reduce our green house gas emissions and promote green thinking. In addition to pursuing research in critical areas like next generation 'smart' materials, solid oxide fuel cells, and nano filtration, we have furthered our local efforts by partnering with FAS on increasing the efficiencies of our labs. In addition, our green team is always looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint in our offices and classrooms." -- Dean Cherry A. Murray, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences